We are a UKCRC fully registered Clinical Trials Unit based in the heart of Bristol. We are situated within Bristol Royal Infirmary, and many of our trials are based in cardiac surgery and cardiology. Our portfolio also includes studies in ophthalmology, general surgery, bariatric surgery, infection control and cancer. “We are delighted to be awarded full registration.
UKCRC registration is a measure of quality and
only awarded to CTUs that can demonstrate a
track record of experience in co-ordinating
multi-centre trials, expert staff to develop studies,
robust quality assurance systems and evidence
of long-term viability of capacity for trials
co-ordination.” - Professor Chris Rogers, 2012We are part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Cardiovascular Theme), an exciting joint venture between University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Bristol. The NIHR awarded this to us in 2007, 2012 and five year funding has recently been awarded to start in April 2017. The aim of the BRC is to promote translational research, utilising the wealth of academic laboratory research that takes place and using it to improve patient treatment and health.
We are part of the Bristol Academic Clinical Trials within the University of Bristol, along with our sister unit Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTC).
In addition, we are also part of the Bristol Surgical Trials Centre, with funding from the Royal College of Surgeons of England that aims to enable surgeons to learn more about how to deal with a range of conditions, assess new surgical techniques and discover surgical breakthroughs. It designs and delivers studies to evaluate new operations, and answer research questions that are important to patients and the NHS.
We are a multidisciplinary team led by medical statistician Professor Chris Rogers and health services researcher Professor Barney Reeves. Our team consists of trial co-ordinators and managers, research nurses, statisticians, database managers and administration.